How the Holy Ghost Helps You


(Adapted from an April 1989 general conference address. See Ensign, May 1989, page 32.)
The Holy Ghost … shall teach you all things (John 14:26).

I want to tell you young people about the remarkable and sacred gift of the Holy Ghost. This Comforter, which is available to everybody, is a personage of spirit and a member of the Godhead. The scriptures explain why the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit: “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us” (D&C 130:22).

The comforting Spirit of the Holy Ghost can be with us twenty-four hours a day: when we work, when we play, when we rest. Its strengthening influence can be with us year in and year out, when we are happy and when we are sad.

I believe that the Spirit of the Holy Ghost is the surest guardian of our inner peace. It can be more mind-expanding and can make us have a better sense of well-being than any chemical or other earthly substance. This Comforter can be with us as we seek to improve. It can function as a source of revelation to warn us of impending danger and also help to keep us from making mistakes. It can enhance our natural senses so that we can see more clearly, hear more keenly, and remember what we should remember. It helps us to be happy.

I pray that the promise of the Lord will be fulfilled for each of us and that the Holy Ghost shall be our constant companion, who will help us to be more righteous and to know the truth. (See D&C 121:46.)

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